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Water, Land, and Law in the West
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"Over the past decade, Donald J. Pisani has proven himself to be one of the nation&8217;s most thoughtful and meticulous scholars of natural resource law and its history. This book gathers together his most important essays. It is a collection that every student of American conservation policy will want to own."--William J. Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, 1848-1893"Pisani's great scholarly virtue is his ability to reveal in the making and implementation of public policy the actual environmental consequences for people and the land. These essays show why he is a leading scholar of the American West."--Richard White, author of The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650'1815"Each of Pisani's pieces is a model of scholarship and makes a significant contribution in its own right. Collectively, they should prove invaluable to scholars in a wide range of disciplines."--Norris Hundley, author of The Great Thirst: Californians and Water, 1770s-1990s"A remarkable body of work that serves as a model for understanding the underlying premises of a society and its relationship to the physical world."--Hal K. Rothman, editor of Environmental History Review
"Pisani painstakingly researches his subject, thoughtfully analyzes its implications, and writes clearly and perceptively. Bringing these articles together is a tribute to his skills and a valuable contribution to students of the history of the West, the environment, natural resources, and the Progressive Era."--Journal of American History"Taken as a whole, these essays constitute a broad overview of Pisani's contributions to the field of natural resource history, an excellent source of information and interpretation of a complex subject."--Western Historical Quarterly"These brilliant articles now stand together as sentinels for generations of future historians to follow."--The Historian"A nuanced collection of essays full of insight and wisdom."--Environmental History"This important book demonstrates the range of complex influences that shaped the region's physical and legal landscape."--Great Plains Quarterly

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